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By Tops the Monkey
This book was written by a classroom teacher/reading specialist with 40 years of classroom experience. The lessons in this book (focusing on one letter at a time) use action poems, tactile stimulation, pictures to enhance visual memory and specific
Subjects:
EFL - ESL - ELD, Early Intervention, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, Homeschool, Staff
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.1, RF.K.1d, RF.K.3a
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By Tops the Monkey
Silly rimes that focus on word families and help to increase overall fluency.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Other, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.1.2, RF.1.2a, RF.1.2b, RF.1.2c, RF.1.3, RF.1.3a, RF.1.3b, RF.1.4
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By Tops the Monkey
This board game with cards is perfect for teaching and/or reinforcing digraphs. Board game and cards can be used in a center or in a reading group. Either way, this is a great teaching aid.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
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By Tops the Monkey
The ten gameboards in this packet come from my teacher's closet on topsthemonkey.com. These gameboards can be used with one's own designed cards or with the cards presented in the packet, "Game Cards for Teaching CVC, Initial, and Final Consonants."
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Tops the Monkey
The ten sets of cards in this packet come from my teacher's closet on topsthemonkey.com. These game cards can be used with one's own designed gameboards or with the gameboards presented in the packet, "Gameboards for Teaching CVC, Initial, and Final
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Phonics
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Tops the Monkey
True story about how an experienced grade school teacher was able to change the toxic climate in her classroom, midyear, when others thought it was impossible.
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For Administrators
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Development
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By Tops the Monkey
Five game boards to help teach and reinforce the "l" blends, "r" blends, and the "s" blends. Game boards can be used as part of a center, in a small group, with partners, or individually. Game boards can be used in a creative manner, as is, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.1.2b, RF.1.3
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By Tops the Monkey
This is a set of game cards to use with consonant blend board games. These cards not only are used with the board games, but can be used in sound sorts, cut/paste graphic organizers and other creative endeavors, such as in centers, seat work, etc.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Tops the Monkey
There are 3 wonderful gameboards design to use help teach and reinforce basic long vowels patterns or refer to as the consonant/vowel/consonant/silent e. There are game cards that go with these gameboards sold as a separate product. Gameboards are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RF.1.2, RF.1.2a, RF.1.2c, RF.1.3, RF.1.3c
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By Tops the Monkey
These game cards can be used in a literacy center, seat work, or in a small group for teaching and reinforcing basic long vowels (consonant/vowel/consonant/silent e).
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Tops the Monkey
This graphic organizer was designed to be used with the book, "Red or Blue." This book is read online athttps://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children/red-or-blue
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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By Tops the Monkey
Students cut and paste items the boy needed for this bath. A read aloud for this book is available athttps://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children/the-bath
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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Use this FREE graphic organizer to aid students in comparing and contrasting the two boys in the book, "Two Boys."A read aloud for this book is available at https://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children/two-boys
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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By Tops the Monkey
A cut and paste activity for classifying objects from the book, "The Beach." A read aloud for this book is available athttps://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children/the-beach
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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By Tops the Monkey
Not only should young children read the words, but they need to know what they are reading! Take a look at the contents of this bundle to see what is being taught when it comes to comprehension.ContentsThe Bath (making predictions) 3The Beach
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
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By Tops the Monkey
A wonderful follow-up activity to use with the book, "Milk."A FREE read aloud for this story is available at https://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children/milk
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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By Tops the Monkey
There are lessons for eight books in this bundle focusing on reading comprehension.FREE Read Alouds for these books can be accessed at:https://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-childrenThe books along with comprehension strategies are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
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By Tops the Monkey
A FREE graphic organizer focusing on basic sequence for the young learner. This organizer was created to go with the book, "Furry."A FREE read aloud for this book is available athttps://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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A graphic organizer for the (Kindergarten/DRA 2) book, "Hands, Hands, Hands," focusing on main idea.A FREE read aloud for this book is available athttp://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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By Tops the Monkey
It's never too early to help children understand how to make connections, whether it's from a read aloud or reading on their own.FREE read aloud video for this book is available athttps://www.topsthemonkey.com/read-alouds-for-young-children
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a retired public school teacher/literacy specialist with 40 years of classroom experience.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I don't believe in just one teaching style, especially after teaching for 40 years. A teacher must be flexible and be able to adapt to the needs of her/her students. I have a number of FREE read aloud videos that come with free download as a follow-up to the video. Check it out at http://www.topsthemonkey.com

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Grand Prize Winner in Nickelodeon's Bright Orange Teacher Contest National Daily Point of Light Award from the Points of Light Foundation Cox Cable's Educator of the Year District-Level VFW Teacher of the Year Selected as Teacher of the Year (Twice) Received 13 Teacher Bell Awards Norfolk Public School's School Board Recognition (twice) Nominated for a Grawmeyer Award in Education

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduate Degree in Reading Education from Old Dominion University Broadfield Certification from the University of South Florida Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Author of the Alien Bleeper Series from Arobookpubishing.com Lyricist for the National Military Song affiliated with the Persian Gulf War entitled, "Fearless Heroes."

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